27.2020, Wilmington, North Carolina.
PLOP said the sugar to my tea.
Sitting and standing,
Sit properly dear.
It’s quiet, peaceful,
5. 1998, Chester, England.
What are you yelling at me for?
You took it! I know you took it!
I didn’t take anything,
And if I did, where would I put it?
You know I’m only ever outside.
I can’t just jam a book into a tree you know
Ugh! I told you not to call me that.
You’re my twin, I’m allowed to.
But you’re not allowed to take my books.
Elliot, I didn’t take your book.
I was playing outside.
We just had tea,
You were just inside.
But I didn’t take your stupid book.
You always take my books.
We are both old enough to fix this like gentle … peoples?
I’m five. You’re five … we’re five.
Okay, to your reading room!!
17. 2010, Anaheim, California.
Running and chasing and yelling,
Always more yelling,
Particularly at me.
He was always a book lover.
Maybe I shouldn’t have hidden his books.
Okay, Shane. Where did you put it now?
I haven’t put anything anywhere.
Right, and here I thought we were too old …
Shhhh, I think I hear it
Crying out for you brother.
It’s saying, ‘help me Elliot,
Ugh, you are so ridiculous!
Fine, I’ll go read another book.
Have you finished any of them?
NO! You keep hiding them.
20. 2013, UCI, California.
I brought it to you,
Your favorite book ‘Lelliot.
I’ll read it to you.
Even though I don’t know if you can hear me:
“Don’t let appearances fool you …”
I hear pinging and beeping.
I hate it.
21. 2014, Midway Park, North Carolina.
I’m not going.
I hate this.
It hurts …
You have to go.
No, I don’t.
Elliot would want you to.
He’d want me to …
21. 2014, Chester, England.
He’d want me to.
I’m here and I hate this.
Now I have to give them back to you –
All of your books.
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table,
Anne of Green Gables,
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
The book with all of Poe’s works,
The Rule of Four,
A Thousand Splendid Suns,
There are so many.
I’m sorry I hid them all.
They’re a comfort to me now.
Let me read them to you.
27. 2020, Wilmington, North Carolina.
I was drinking tea,
Gently mixing in the sugar,
Getting up and sitting back down,
Grabbing more tea,
Putting the kettle back on the stove,
Sit still dear,
Right, I’m sorry.
I put down my teacup
Pick up the book sitting quietly on the table.
This was his favorite.
Different pieces of my memory, scattered but always coming back to the moment I remember them. I hope you enjoy
© Shane Leigh